Lawmakers launch Congressional Football Caucus

On Capital Hill, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are ushering in the football season with the formation of the Congressional College Football Caucus, where they promise to “set aside politics and unite behind their love” of the game.

The Congressional College Football Caucus kicked off Wednesday with the goal of protecting the $5 billion scholarship market for college football players, many of whom do not go onto play professionally and rely on their education to build a successful career.

“I am proud to launch this bipartisan gathering of lawmakers who can set aside politics and unite behind their love of college football,” said Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsOn The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal Supreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade MORE (R-Texas), a former minor league baseball player who also founded the Congressional Baseball Caucus and coaches the Republican baseball team.

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"We want to ensure great opportunities remain available for our student-athletes who may otherwise be unable to further their education.”

Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellSenate must take up Voting Rights Advancement Act without delay The missing piece of the current health care debate House passes bill meant to restore Voting Rights Act MORE (D-Ala.) and Williams are co-chairs of the Congressional College Football Caucus.

The group held its first gathering Wednesday with an event that featured Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Hall of Fame Coach Barry Switzer.